Entering training camp, the Caps had one center spot up for grabs. The candidates were youngsters Mathieu Perreault, Marcus Johansson, and Cody Eakin. Eakin was a long shot from the beginning, but his play throughout camp kept him in the conversation. That is, until he was sent back down to captain his junior team in Swift Current for the 2010-2011 season.
Eakin’s play impressed many over the last few weeks, and it didn’t go unnoticed by coaching staff. The organization would probably love to have him in Hershey this season, but Eakin doesn’t meet the AHL’s minimum age requirement. Looking down the road, don’t be surprised if he cracks the Caps lineup in the next two or three years, which is a pretty sweet deal for a 19 year-old.